From: D.Gregory Griffith
In addition to the responses to several other items in your list
provided by Nancy, I'd like to add that trapped women also seem to be
present within TWL. I guess that does depend on how one defines trapped, and
I would say a woman in a cage (the Sibyl) is perhaps more directly trapped
than the female figures in the poem. But I've always seen Lil for example as
a young woman--"only thirty-one," trapped in a body that "look[s] so
antique, " and equally trapped in a set of circumstances that leave her few
and dangerous reproductive choices--either "nearly die" as she did of "young
George" or take the "pills" to "bring it off" and indeed "never [be] the
same." I recognize that's not the same or as severe as an actual
imprisonment like the Sibyl, but poor Lil seems to have little room to
maneuver to say the least.
Not to forget, as I mentioned before, Henry James'
IN THE CAGE.